Thursday 28 December 2023

Clues to adress social stigma on fishing communities in Goa

Douay Rheims Bible. Matthew 4:18-22

[18]And Jesus walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishers).

[19]And he saith to them: Come ye after me, and I will make you to be fishers of men.

[20]And they immediately leaving their nets, followed him.

[21]And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets: and he called them.

[22]And they forthwith left their nets and father, and followed him.

This is the story of James and Jebedee, story of Andrew and Peter. Four fishermen busy in fishing.

Jesus went to them at their place of work and called them to be the fishers of men.

Do we approach fishermen at work with nets the waters?

What is our relationship with fishermen of our times?

Do we trust fishermen? Or do we look at them with contempt?

What are the feelings of our heart when we think of fishermen and their families? They are dirty? Children of lesser God?

Do we treasure dignity for those doing fish work? Or do we stigmatize the fishing communities?

How deep rooted are the  bias against fishing communities in our thoughts and deeds?

Jesus trusted fishing communities to the extreme of giving keys of Heaven in the hands of a fisherman. What is our level of trust?

How comfortable are we to share genuine friendship with fishing communities of Goa?

What are the hesitations we experience in our thoughts while accepting fishing communities as worthy members in our family?

Do we treasure hatred and bias against fishing communities?

Will you trust leadership roles to fishing communities  like Jesus did?

How comfortable are you to accept person from fishing community into your inner circle of friends?

Can fishermen be your friend?

This is a test of our conscience. You will know the status only if you answer the above questions with sincerity.

No comments:

Post a Comment